Ivorian star players asked to show humility
25 January 2012, 08:28
Gabon - Ivory Coast coach Francois Zahoui has asked his star players to forget the pampered surroundings at their European clubs and embrace the harsher realities of the African Cup of Nations.
Africa's top-ranked team opened its campaign with an unconvincing 1-0 win against Sudan on Sunday.
"My main desire is to ask the players to be careful - you are not in your clubs any more," Zahoui said at a news conference Tuesday. "When you play in Europe you have referees with a certain way of doing the job, great quality pitches ... but here we are in an African environment. We play in the heat with referees who do the best they can - it's a very particular context, you leave your clubs and all their comforts behind."
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